vote. and you know we didn't understand, little children, why they were doing it and we'd cry why was mama and daddy going? you know, they stayed at home with us, they didn't go like parents do now, of course, you know, most of them had to take the children with them. >> suarez: by election day, elzena johnson will be 98 years old and probably one of the oldest people to cast your vote. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> ifill: you can watch other interviews ray's done on the convention floor this week on our website. >> woodruff: joining us now from washington are two "newshour" regulars-- presidential historians richard norton smith and michael bechloss. i don't think either one of you covered the president of... the election of franklin delano... if you did, correct me. >> well, not alive, anyway. so we're looking ahead to this big speech tonight. gwen and i have been talking about this.